Sterling Socks by Cheryl Toy

Sterling Socks

Knitting
May 2020
Holiday Yarns Flock Sock
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
320 - 375 yards (293 - 343 m)
Foot Circumference: 6-1/4 (7-1/4, 8-1/2)" 1/2" to 1" negative ease is recommended
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Each year while unpacking at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, I encounter an old, hand knitted shawl. (I’m sure it was already old when it was purchased, probably from some nearby thrift store.) Although it is severely felted and shrunken to a fraction of its original size, I always admire it and feel a particular love for the old-fashioned stitch pattern worked in panels along its length. I’ve recreated that stitch pattern in these sweet socks made even more special by yarn dyed by hand and purchased at the festival. The Sterling Socks are worked from the toe up using Judy’s Magic Cast On and feature an easy-to-knit Fleegle Heel.

Finished Size
Foot: 6-1/4 (7-1/4, 8-1/2)” in diameter after blocking.
(½” – 1” negative ease recommended)
Cuff length from back of ankle: 5”.

Yarn
#1 Fingering
Shown here: Holiday Yarns Flock Sock (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 400 yds 365m/3.75 oz 100g): Peachy Keen, 1 (1, 1) skein.

Needles
U.S. Size 1 (2.50 mm): 40” circular for magic loop or set of double pointed needles (DPN)
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve gauge.

Notions
Stitch markers: Once distinctive for beginning of round, 3 removable markers (rm), fixed motif markers as desired.

Gauge
34 sts and 42 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in St st on US Size 1 (2.50 mm) needles.

Notes
These socks are worked in the round from the toe up. Heel is turned using short rows.